Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Otterly Lost

This card makes me soooooo happy.  Who doesn't love otters???  Seriously, who???  Send me their names!  Otters are so cute, I love them!  Did you know they sleep holding hands so they don't float away.......if that's not the sweetest, most caring thing ever I don't know what is!  Here' is my version, except they're awake...they probably hold hands when they're awake too, that's just how cute they are!  They're actually really simple to make, all punches are listed below.  For the background I used watercolor paper and did a messy, simple color wash with some Coastal Cabana.  I used my rotary stamp for the greeting, "I'd be otterly lost without you" {I love puns-even typing this weeks later I just giggled :)}
Here's the punches used.  Body-XL Oval, Head-Oval, Ears and Cheeks-1/2" Circle, Nose-3/8" Circle, Arms-Word Window, Eyes-Googlie eyes or you can use circles 1/2" and 3/8", Tail-Small Oval (retired).  I covered their noses with some glossy accents to make them look wet.  This card is one of those cards that I just want to hang up and look at forever :)
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Love You More Than Chocolate

We're down to the final 5 projects from Scrapbook weekend and honestly these are my top 5 favorites....maybe ever!  I love them all so much and I really couldn't decide which order to put them in.  Just know that these 5 over the next 5 days are my all time favorite!  The first is the sweet candy bar, don't you love it!?!  When I saw this greeting from the stamp set Lovely Amazing You (it's one of the Photopolymer releases), I knew I was making a candy bar.  I didn't know it would be this elaborate though :)  There's probably a whole package of dimensionals holding this card together but that's a story for a different day ;)
I started with the squares for the chocolate.  The larger ones are 1"x1" then they're layered with a smaller 3/4"x3/4" square, all sponged in coordinating Chocolate Chip ink all attached with dimensionals.  For the wrapper I adhered some silver foil paper and some DSP back to back then I tore and crinkled it up like a candy bar.  This too is attached with dimensionals....many of them..... :)  Finally for the greeting I wanted a white greeting, in my opinion the best way to get a crisp white greeting is embossing, plus I love embossing.  This too is attached with dimensionals.  This card is really thick and would probably need a padded envelope to mail it, but it's oh so cute!!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Work Of Art CASE

I have wanted to CASE this card ever since I saw it, right after the Work Of Art Set came out last year.  Make sure to check out the original one, she also has other samples using this set that will make your jaw drop.  So cute and creative!  I loved the colors that she used so I didn't even change those.  Lining everything up was a little challenging, I think next time I might use my Stamp A Ma Jig for easy placement :)
I embossed the greeting and added some rhinestones because a ballerina has to sparkle and shine!  I also used my glitter brush pen over her dress for some added sparkle too.  I only have 5 more cards to share from Scrapbook Weekend.  Next week we'll finish those up and then move on to some other things I've been working on :) 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Beautiful Butterfly

I'm taking a small break from punch art today and tomorrow and I'll share some of the actual 'stamped' cards I made.  I love this butterfly, sometimes I have trouble finding ways to use it though.  It's really large, and sometimes I find larger stamps challenging.  They take up so much of the card that there's not much room to add embellishments.  When I saw this on Pintrest I thought it was a brilliant idea!  It makes the butterfly look like it's flying and it's a new creative way to use this set!  I stamped the butterfly twice and colored and cut out the same side of each butterfly.
I used my Blendabilities to color the butterfly, but this butterfly image is so forgiving you could color it with almost anything or even just embossed in gold or silver would be gorgeous!!!!  I did emboss the greeting on some vellum.  I love this technique!  The flower was simple to make I used 4 (I think) scallop circles.  Fold them all in half then glue them together and it fans out like a 3D flower.  So pretty!
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Megan's Kangaroo

While Logan requested a falcon, Megan was much kinder to me and requested a kangaroo.  I've made kangaroos before so I knew that I could that one.  I did modify this one slightly from the last one I made...it's been years!  This one is so cute though!!!  And look at that sweet baby peeking out of his mamas pouch, so cute!!!  The greeting is from the photopolymer stamp set Lovely Amazing You.  I adore this stamp set.  The greetings are all so fun and I love the font!  I used this set a lot at scrapbook weekend! 
Here's the punches I used for the kangaroo: Ears-Word Window, Eyes-Small Oval and 1/2" Circle, Nose-1/2" Circle, Cheeks-3/4" Circle, Head-XL Oval, Body and Pouch-Smallest Oval Framelit, Arms-Word Window, Legs-XL Oval, Feet-Word Window, Baby-Heart Punch (retired) and 1/4" Circle.  I finished the kangaroos with some Crystal Effects over their noses for a glossy effect.  They're so cute!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Logan's Falcon

We're moving on from yesterday's post, I still have lots of cards to share with you from Scrapbook Weekend.  I haven't even shared my favorite ones yet!  Before I left I asked each of my children what animal they wanted me to try to make.  Logan wanted a falcon....thanks Logan..... :/ I find birds to be difficult to do in punch art, even with sponging it's hard to get the depth and perception of feathers.  Feathers are a look all their own and it's hard to achieve that look on paper.  So I try not to do a lot of birds.  When I do punch art I tend to google cartoon pictures of the animal I want to do.  They're going to look more cartoonish when they're completed so I start there.  There's not a whole lot of falcon cartoons.  There's a lot of falcons for mascots.  So I didn't have a whole lot to go on.  I kind of just did it the way I thought a cartoon falcon would look like. 
  In the end Logan liked it and so did I so that's all that matters.  He is pretty cute, maybe more eagle-ish but they're both birds of prey, in the same family so close enough :)  Here's the punches I used: Wings and Body-XL Oval, Head-1 1/4" Circle, Eye-1/2" and 3/8" Circle, Beak-Large oval, Feet-Boho Blossom, Leaves-5 Petal Flower (retired).  I'll share the animal Megan picked tomorrow! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

It Hurts...

I don't have a project today, I promise I'll get back to scrapbook weekend projects tomorrow.  I didn't post on Friday, some of you may have noticed.  My posts up until Thursday were scheduled prior to the announcement Stampin' Up! made last week, and after the announcement well I didn't do much.  There wasn't a big part of me that even wanted to do anything.  I'm not going to sugar coat anything, but when I got the news about MDS I was stunned, shocked, in disbelief.  Any and all of those plus some more.  I read the email a few times to make sure I was reading it correctly.  Instantly tears started to fill my eyes, I just didn't see it coming it hit me like a truck. 

MDS is more than just a computer program.  I have 4 albums sitting in my living room made from MDS.  They're beautiful and I love them.  They're filled with memories and pictures of my children.  They're the first thing I'll grab if I ever need to evacuate my home (after the kids and pets of course).  MDS made me a scrapbooker, I never thought I was or could be a scrapbooker, but on my laptop I am! I've created my familys' Christmas cards in MDS.  I make cards for the artists in the gallery I run.  I could go on and on.  Sure, I know I'll still be able to do these things through other venues, but will the quality be the same?  Will the colors be the same?

Aside from my emotional attachment to MDS, this decision will effect by business negatively.  I'm not a top selling demonstrator, but I sell enough and do enough in my business that I can help with our monthly car payment, take my family out to the movies, dinner, etc., I can have lunch with friends, and so many other things that wouldn't be possible if I didn't have this, albeit modest, income from my Stampin' Up! business.  I haven't had the time to go through my sales and every order from the last year, but I would be willing to bet that the total yearly MDS related purchases (downloads, printing, etc.) will be at least 10% of my sales.  That may not sound like much, but I'll notice the difference. 

For me, this announcement came out of the blue.  Perhaps there were signs, I didn't see them.  Stampin' Up! themselves even mentioned at Convention, less than a year ago, that MDS wasn't going anywhere.  I've never been brought to tears or been so emotional about any change Stampin' Up! has undergone, and I've been through A LOT of their changes.  I'm hurt and I feel betrayed.  I'm upset that I only have 2 months to figure it all out.  I've spent a lot of the last week questioning my place with Stampin' Up!, should I continue?  The honest answer to that is I don't know. I just don't know.  I don't want to make a decision out of anger, I don't want to blindside my customers and my friends the way I was blindsided.  I care too much to just call it quits but I'd be lying if I said that thought hadn't entered my mind more than once over the past week, and I think I'd be lying to say that that thought won't enter my mind again.  The truth is, time will tell.  I promise I won't go anywhere without notice.  I won't leave people without someone to take care of their needs.  Until I know what will happen and when, I will continue to run my business as I have in the past.  Right now I'm not going anywhere, I will continue classes and events and blogging.  I wanted to write this post because even though I'm hurt about this decision by Stampin' Up! I'm ready to stop being angry about it.  I've written it down and put it out there.  I'm still hurt but I'm going to move on as gracefully as I can. 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

PS For those of you who might be looking for a replacement for MDS I found this site (Thanks to the person who posted the comment on my blog last week for the tip!)
This program is similar to MDS, and from what I understand you can download all you MDS downloads into their program and continue to use them there. Do it before May 31, you won't have access to them after that.  I believe they're giving a discount 50% off their newset version for MDS people.  If you want more info on this let me know I'll try to find out more info.  I'm looking into it as well.    

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Card Organizers

I try to do a small gift for my guests when they attend my classes.  This month though because it was my anniversary class I wanted to do something a little bigger.  I made these awesome card organizers, 23 total!  Whew!!!  They all came out amazing!!  My friend Kim made one at scrapbook weekend and I loved them so she sent me the pattern here and I got to work.  After 23 of them I can make them blindfolded now :)
Here's a picture of some of them in progress.  I figured out they took up less space if you nested them in each other.  They took over my desk for a few days :)  Aren't all the patterns fun. 
I love the angled side on the boxes.  I used the Stacked With Love DSP stack, I love all the black and white patterns in there.  When I ran out of that DSP stack I started using the Back to Black DSP.  Those are fun patterns too!!! 
The flower I wanted to keep simple, did I mention I made 23 of these ;) I used the fun flower punch and some silver ribbon.  I punched a hole in the center of the flower, made a knot in the center of the ribbon then fed both ends through the hole in the flower.  I love this look.  The knot on the flower is the perfect center of the flower!  I hope everyone loves their box.  Megan wants a purple one so I'll be making at least one more :)
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Birthday Class Round Two

Here are the last two cards from my class.  I love this first one, with the Sale a Bration set Big Day.  This card I didn't start out loving, there were some color issues that weren't working, but once I got those worked out I loved it!  I love the glimmer paper and gold sequins.  There's lots of shine on this card!!!
This is another card where I showcased lots of the retiring In Colors.  This card features Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe.  These colors (with the exception of Coastal Cabana) weren't my favorite from the beginning, but over the last few months I've found myself reaching more and more for them....figures.....just when they're leaving :(  Guess it takes me a little longer to warm up to them.  If you love them make sure you stock up on these colors now, while they're available.  Stock up on them this month and earn Sale a Bration benefits too.
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MDS News

Today Stampin' Up! announced that they would no longer continue supporting My Digital Studio. 
I'm going to start by telling you that this has really been hard for me to deal with.  I'm truly, truly heartbroken over this news.  I found out Monday afternoon, SU sent an email to 'leaders' and broke the news.  It was then officially announced this morning.  I'm not gonna lie, yesterday there were tears.  I've done soooo much with MDS, I've printed many family albums that we cherish.  Our Christmas cards are done every year in MDS, I use it to print thank you cards for the gallery I run.  It's such an huge part of my life, I'm not doing well dealing with this news. 

So if you have MDS what does it mean for you?

-Stampin' Up! will continue to support it until May 31, 2015.  That means if there's any downloads you've been waiting to get.  If you haven't downloaded all the ones you've bought.  If you need something printed don't wait!  Do it NOW!  After May 31, 2015 you will no longer be able to purchase downloads, to access your downloads or print projects.

-You will be able to use MDS after May 31 but you'll have to find another place that will print.  If anyone knows of places that print albums and cards please let me know.  I did a little research yesterday and the only places I found that printed albums were albums that I couldn't design, it was a 'plug in the picture on our premade page' kind of thing.  So I'm in the market for a vendor to print albums, and cards, fronts backs and inside, not just the cover.  Comment or send me an email if you know of a place that will do that. 

-You'll want to back up your downloads, projects etc.  I'm going to get an external hard drive to store it all on.  If your computer crashes or you have to get a new one the only way you'll have access to MDS and all your downloads is if it's on an external hard drive.

Again, I'm really heartbroken about this news.  This is a line that even if they took a step back I never thought they'd get rid of all together.  If you're upset about this.  I encourage you to call Stampin' Up! and let them know! I plan to do that, just as soon as I can get my thoughts together. 

I'll be back tomorrow with more cards from my class.

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!